gilpnh Posted 27 Jun 2005 , 10:58pm

I don't know where I got this crazy idea, but I am going to attempt to make every cake in the CMD book, start to finish. I am only able to avg 1-2 cakes a week, and most of them are fed to my night shift quinea pigs at the hospital, who will eat anything. When I follow a recipie TO THE LETTER, I get awesome results, if I deviate even a little bit or try to do something from memory, forget it. just one of those types of people I guess. Here is what I have done so far (I have a long way to go) and my thoughts on them. If you like, as I make them I will post my thoughts if it helps anyone. If anyone has made any of these please share your thoughts, there is ALWAYS room for improvement icon_lol.gif

DEEPLY CHOCOLATE ALMOND CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING -Wow-VERY VERY rich. The deep chocolate with the cream cheese is sugar heaven overload. The color is very deep and dark also.
VERY pronounced almond flavor. A small slice (espec with coffee) is the way to go. The frosing is nice and sweet and crusts excellent. For true chocolate lovers only.

This is the basic chocolate recipie used for most of the CMD choc cakes, it has a medium flavor, not spactacular but when paired with the fantastic frostings, they complement each other perfectly, I would not normally use this with regular ol frostings, not enough contrast unless that is what you are going for . Slightly crumbly. The white choc frosting is not really workable when put on the cake, just kind of spreads around but does firm up nice in the fridge and stay that way, slightly cream in color. I would prefer to use this as a filling.

This uses the buttermilk choc basic cake recipie, but the peppermint filling is TO DIE FOR, uses crushed peppermint candies, tastes like a girl scout thin mint. This would be so good on cupcakes. Could be used as a frosting also, is a buttercream base. The frosting is a choc ganache, do NOT chill it, hardens up and is hard to work with, just let it set and is should spread great. I used peppermint extract as opposed to schnapps.

Yummers, makes up great for mini cakes/tart also. Alone the cake is good (yellow cake base) however the glaze puts this over the top, prefer the glaze to a BC frosting. This one dries out really fast so I wrap or decorate it before it has completely cooled.

I found this one to be really mediocre, I have other recipies that just taste better than this, don't really plan to make it again. The caramel glaze is AWESOME though, I make it up to use as a topping for ice cream or to dip apple wedges in for the kids.

Thats it for now. The CHOCOLATE PRALINE is in the oven as we speak. I'll keep ya posted. Thanx for listening to my ramblings. Heather

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Mjmil7 Posted 27 Jun 2005 , 11:28pm

Hi gilnph, I just recently purchased this cookbook and have only tried the chocolate chip cake. Myself and my family just loved it. Tastes just like a fluffy chocolate chip cookie and who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies! The only problem I had with this cake was my sides were a little tough. When I was leveling the cake, I had to start off by cutting into it with a serrated knife, then use my leveler. The inside was moist, so I'm not sure what I did wrong with the sides. I just used a little Crisco and then floured them a little bit. For the frosting I made a dream whip frosting that I found on a website that was so creamy and fluffy! That's all I have made so far from this book, but am looking forward to trying others soon. I just can't do enough Jazzercise to work off all the calories in all those delicious recipes. lol Thanks for posting your results and goodluck with those forthcoming.


Lisa Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 12:04am

Heather...this is great! I'm going to take faithful notes. Keep up the baking and thanks!

PolishMommy Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 2:44pm

That's a great idea! I don't think it's a crazy idea at all. It's the best way to learn! Thanks for the notes!

briansbaker Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 3:36pm

Hey if my kiddos didnt think they were gaining summer weight I would do the same. I love to try new things. All those mentioned sound wonderful. I have a cookbook I won on Maybe once the kiddos get back in school I will try the same. This is very inspiring.

CIndymm4 Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 3:44pm

Heather, what an undertaking!!! Of course, we will all benefits from your findings so keep up the good work! I made the Snickerdoodle cake last was good but I was a bit tasted more like a mild spice cake instead of a snickerdoodle cookie.....which was what I was expecting. The icing was WONDERFUL!!! The cake was not as moist as I like, but it wasn't dry either.

barbara-ann Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 4:21pm

Gosh, what a neat idea. My family loves when I try new recipes. I might have to check, and re-check the book out from the library. Thanks for the reviews.

gilpnh Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 7:43pm

Thanks for the encouragement. Man I love this site. And my co workers love me. Chocolate fiends.

I made this one last night. Here is a pix, a duh moment for me to take one.
I forgot and cake floured the pans on this one, you are not supposed to but I dont think it made a huge amount of difference.
You mix the cream, brown sugar and butter, melt all and pour in bottom of pans and sprinkle pralines on top. Then pour the cake batter over this. This uses the basic buttermilk chocolate recipie, it takes a little longer to bake than the book says.
When it came out of the oven I expected the above glaze/pralines to sit nicely on top, but since it was warm it kind of gooed down the sides, I actually like the look with the nuts on the side.
The frosting and filling is simply heavy whipping cream and confec sugar wit semisweet (I only had chips) grated on top. Kinda funny to watch me grating itty bitty choc chips.

I think the presentation on this cake is pretty and interesting with the nuts, white frosting and choc shaving giving it great visual contrast. The cake itself is a somewhat mild cake but the addition of the glaze makes it very rich. This along with the pralines, pairs perfectly with the light cream for great contrast. Went over very well with the guinea pigs at work. The pralines really make this cake.

Do not make this a two layer cake if you are going to travel or take it somewhere. The layers will slide apart. This could be done great in a sheet for outings. Must be regridgerated due to the cream frosting.

mohara Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 7:50pm

Wow! We will definitely all benefit.
I love feedback before I try a new recipe! I am ready to make notes on the sidebars of all the recipes in the book!

Keep us posted!!!

briansbaker Posted 28 Jun 2005 , 7:57pm

OMG That looks sooooooooo yummy!
By any chance you don't deliver to texas do you? hehe
That just looks great!

gilpnh Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 9:52pm

Greetings Frosting Friends,

Needed a fast recipie for a sweet dessert last night for dessert, the CMD book has a small section for cookies made from a cake mix. As a general rule I find cake mix cookies, "cakey".

I had the ingredients for the White Chocolate Chewies on hand. A Devils Food mix with white chocolate chips added. Decent. Just a little cakey, VERY moist. The dough is very thick and STICKY! This one pulls together fast but is for true chocolate lovers only.
A solid 3 Guinea Pigs (rated by the Allen Family Guineas) for regular cookie people, a 4 for true chocolate lovers.

nanni Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 10:05pm

OK-official name of the book and location of purchase please!! I don't eat cake but they look wonderful and I know alot of guinea pigs I can try them on!!! Aren't co-workers and friends wonderful for trying out new recipes on??? They all look very yummy! Thanks for the insight also-good to know of others who have tried them and offer tips.

blueskies Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 10:21pm

This is a great idea! I got this book a month or so ago and LOVE it! I haven't done a ton of the recipes yet but the ones I have done I really like. My absolute favorite so far is the Chocolate Marble Gooey Butter Cake. It is incredible! Very creamy and smooth in texture and so easy to make.

Has anyone made the melted ice cream cake (I'm not sure if that's the official title)? That one sounds great!

Keep the reviews coming so I can decide what to make next!

Nanni, the book we're referencing is The Cake Mix Doctor. There is also a chocolate cake version and a cupcake version - oh and a dinner version but who wants to make dinner when we can have CAKE?! You can get it at just about any bookstore.

BigEasyCakes Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 10:54pm

What is "CMD"?

blueskies Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 10:58pm

The Cake Mix Doctor - - a great book for easy and tasty cakes! icon_smile.gif

nanni Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 11:00pm

OK, I have the CAKE MIX MAGIC book, will have to get the CMD book-thanks.

traci Posted 29 Jun 2005 , 11:14pm

Hi Heather! I have not bought the book yet...but thanks to you...I will be getting it very soon thumbs_up.gif Keep baking those cakes and keep us posted here! Thanks! icon_wink.gif

Beebug123 Posted 2 Jul 2005 , 2:54am

I saw this post yesterday and I just had to run out today and buy this book. I'm looking forward to hearing how they all turn out.

Now...which to make first....they all sound sooo yummy!!!

tcturtleshell Posted 4 Jul 2005 , 4:55am

Anyone who doesn't have the CMD should get it! I have baked several of the cakes she Dr's up. Everyone is very easy & very yummy!!! Old Fashion Cola Cake is my favorite! I use RC Cola instead because I don't like Coke. HummingBird Cake is delicious!! It's a little too moist for wedding cakes & stacked cakes but it is worth making!! It has way less ingredients in it then the "homemade" recipe I used to use. Tastes the same!

Good luck on your quest! I'm getting there! My CMD book has choclate, batter, & icing fingerprints all over it! It is very much used!!

veejaytx Posted 4 Jul 2005 , 6:12am

Heather, what is the name (in the CMD book) of the cake you posted the photo of on June 28th, the praline one? Janice

ccbakes Posted 4 Jul 2005 , 6:20am

CMD is one of the best and most used books I own. I've made the New York Style cheesecake,Kathy's Breakfast cake,Sock it to me cake,Chocolate Kahlua cake,and the Birthday cake cones. They were all great and well

gilpnh Posted 4 Jul 2005 , 9:04am

The praline cake is simply called Chocolate Praline, it is one of the first recipies in the book.

flayvurdfun Posted 4 Jul 2005 , 9:23am

lucky lucky people!!!! Can't get cake books or magazines here!!!!!!! I sure can't wait till I am stateside! icon_cry.gif

veejaytx Posted 4 Jul 2005 , 9:48am

Thanks, Heather, it looks delicious! I think it is great that you are trying these cakes, of course, as good as they all seem to be I guess it isn't too much of a hardship!

I appreciate your efforts, just wish I could help with the guinea pig rating! Janice

blueskies Posted 6 Jul 2005 , 4:18pm

I made the incredible melted ice cream cake last weekend. I used Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream, as she recommended. Can't wait to try some other flavors. I think chunky monkey ice cream would be awesome. Talk about an easy and delicious cake! And, the chocolate marshmallow frosting tasted like fudge. Mmmmmm.....

TCturtleshell, I've been wanting to make that hummingbird cake. It sounds like a perfect cake for summer. Thanks for the review!

fytar Posted 6 Jul 2005 , 4:34pm

Is there a chocolate/peanut butter cake recipe in there? I have to make one next week. I was thinking I would just make a peanut butter filling, but if the recipe in CMD is easy, I'll just go for that. I'm going to look for it on my lunch break today. I wonder if Sam's Club has it?

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